YouthPower Learning Webinar - Engaging Youth in Agriculture: A resource guide about the integration of youth into Feed the Future and Global Food Security Strategy

Webinar announcement: Engaging Youth in Agriculture

Engaging Youth in Agriculture:
A resource guide about the integration of youth into Feed the Future and Global Food Security Strategy

When:
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (EDT)

On the day of the event, you can access the webinar here.

Please join USAID’s Bureau for Food Security and YouthPower Learning in the launch of Feed the Future Project Design Guide for Youth-Inclusive Agriculture and Food Systems. During this webinar, participants will hear from the Bureau for Food Security and the guide’s authors on the investment into youth in agriculture and how this newly released guide aims to support USAID and implementers to further engage youth within Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) and Feed the Future (FTF). In addition, two young people from Kenya and Uganda will share their own journey and efforts to engage other young people in agriculture-based employment.

Presenters:

Hillary Proctor, Director of Technical Services, Making Cents International
Rachel Blum, Independent Consultant, Contributing Author for the Feed the Future Program Design Guide for Youth-Inclusive Agriculture and Food Systems
David Feige, Independent Consultant, Contributing Author for the Feed the Future Program Design Guide for Youth-Inclusive Agriculture and Food Systems
Meredith McCormack, Program Analyst, Bureau for Food Security at USAID
Ignatius Ahumuza, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Art Planet Academy Organization
Patricia Gichinga, Head of Production, The Mediae Company

Learning Objectives:

The launch will introduce USAID Mission staff and implementing partners to evidence-based approaches for incorporating youth into agriculture and agribusiness. Participants will be introduced to the Feed the Future Project Design Guide for Youth-Inclusive Agriculture and Food Systems that includes action-oriented tools and resources, including youth analysis tools and value chain entry point criteria.

Webinar participants will:

  1. Understand the evidence and case for integrating youth into agriculture
  2. Begin exploring the guide and learn how it can be used in their work
  3. Discuss key concepts and frameworks for youth inclusion

On the day of the event, you can access the webinar here.

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Speaker Bios:


Hillary Proctor is a youth and agriculture, youth enterprise, and livelihoods specialist with over twelve years of international experience. She is adept at understanding youth perspectives, recognizing where opportunities lie in rural economies and specific value chains for youth engagement, and matching them through the design and implementation of appropriate livelihood development programs. Ms. Proctor has participated in or led youth and agriculture assessments, designed rural youth livelihood programs, and developed capacity building approaches, curricula and the institutions or trainers that deliver them across Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Caucuses. Ms. Proctor’s work is grounded in her personal experience in agriculture and passion for developing youth capacity.


Rachel Blum possesses 20 years of international development experience, specializing in youth economic opportunity and including 5 years working at USAID on cross-sectoral youth projects. Throughout her tenure at USAID, she provided technical assistance to over 22 USAID Missions and Operating Units, in support of Feed the Future, Economic Growth, and Education-funded projects.  Prior to that, she worked for a number of implementing partners as a technical advisor and project director, and she served as Country Director in two post-conflict countries.  At present, Rachel works as a freelance consultant to design, evaluate, and provide technical assistance to international youth programs.  She recently co-authored the Feed the Future Project Design Guide for Youth-Inclusive Agriculture and Food Systems, intended to guide USAID staff and implementing partners in applying positive youth development principles to project design. Rachel holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University.


David Feige is an economic development professional with over 16 years of experience in more than 25 countries in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union, Asia, and the Middle East.  His expertise is in the application of youth inclusion principles in the context of agricultural value chain development.  He recently completed an assignment for the USAID-funded Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Development program, where he identified entry points for youth and women in high-value horticulture and dairy chains.  


Meredith McCormack serves as a Program Analyst in the Bureau for Food Security at USAID where she works to support donor coordination in food security and youth programming. Prior to joining USAID in 2012, she worked for FHI 360 supporting the Fulbright Program. She holds a Masters degree in International Development and Planning from the University College London (UCL) and a bachelor degree in Political Science from Trinity College in Connecticut. 


Patricia Gichinga works for the Mediae Company on producing and directing its flagship programs, namely Makutano Junction, Shamba Shape Up, Shamba Chef, Know Zone, and most recently Don't Lose the Plot a reality show that is aimed at inspiring youth in East Africa to pursue agribusiness entrepreneurship.


Ignatius Ahumuza is 22 years old, and grew up on a subsistence farm in Western Uganda with his parents and many siblings. After finishing his high school training, Ignatius created the Art Planet Academy (APA), after he recognized a disconnect between the type of agriculture education provided in the Ugandan education systems and the applied agricultural skills required for young people to become successful farmers. APA engages college students studying agriculture through an internship and agribusiness program, teaches primary school student about agriculture and related livelihoods at local schools, and supports local farmers with high-quality agricultural inputs. Ignatius owns and cultivates a 50-acre parcel of land. 30 acres are dedicated to vegetables, sugarcane, bananas and agroforestry, which Ignatius uses to earn a living. He lends other 20 acres to APA to use for their agricultural training center (i.e. the center, demonstration plots) where he trains the college interns.

 

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